Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report – May 2nd, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappie action has picked up with minnows along the shoreline of Lake Sissiton, while Budd Lake continues to produce bluegills in four to six feet. Catfish are an easy catch on the shorelines of most lakes with nightcrawlers.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

This week’s weather has prevented anyone from fishing. Prior to the arrival of the wind and rain, crappies were being found in the shallows near Buckmaster Bridge on Madison Lake and at the sawmill area on Jefferson Lake. Look for those fish to bite again once the weather improves.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Big Stone Lake is producing walleyes in three to eight feet from Hartford Beach to Hiawatha on slow-presented jigs and minnows. Water temperatures continue to be in the mid-50-degree range so a lot of the fish being caught are males. A few crappies also are being caught on Big Stone, about halfway up the lake in shallow water.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

The cool weather this week has slowed down the crappie action, which was pretty decent last week. Once the weather improves, look to the Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska to again produce crappies.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Panfish reports have been limited, mainly due to constant cold, wind, and rain throughout the week. Look to the lagoons on Lake Tetonka to start giving up crappies as soon as the weather warms up the water. 

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

With the exception of some patchy ice on Green Lake, all lakes in this area are open. Unfortunately, consistent cool, wet, and windy weather has prevented anglers from hitting those traditional ice-out crappie spots. However, anglers should look to the shallow bays and channels on most lakes to hold fish as soon as the weather warms.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, South West

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